News12 at 11 o'clock/ Oct. 15, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW)-- Augusta city workers could get a $1500 dollar raise next year. Next year's budget, a disparity study and leaders getting their own channel were all on the agenda.
City Administrator Fred Russell gave leaders a first look at next year's budget. It includes raises for city employees. The budget actually has eight million dollars more in recommendations from last year.
"You get there and you got $12. You get an extra hamburger, it's going to cost extra. Do you get it?, Do you go into your savings, or work extra. Those are the decisions we're making now," said City Administrator Fred Russell.
"You've got to look at essential services first. We have to look at the Sheriff's office, Engineering and Fire departments," said Commissioner Wayne Guilfoyle.
Commissioners are also taking action on a 2009 Disparity Study which found women and miniorities were recieving the least amount of city contract work. Leaders are making the city attorney meet with the people behind the study.
"We've been talking about this since the first of the year. The study has been on the shelf for four years. I'm glad there is conversation about this," said Commissioner Marion Williams.
Starting soon you could see this group on the tube. The city's IT department was given approval to research the cost and how many employees are needed to operate their own channel. Equipment alone could cost the city around $180,000.
"We've got to get our money right first," said Commissioner Wayne Guilfoyle.